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10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Justin Bieber and Jack Dorsey may be among the 10 million MGM hotel guests whose personal information was posted to a hacking forum. MGM said it discovered the data breach last summer and notified customers who were impacted based on state laws.  Google's users in the UK will no longer be protected by Europe's strict privacy regulations. Google is planning on moving its British user data away from Ireland, so the information w...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Europe, UK, China, Politico, US, Trends, Ireland, House, Justin Bieber, Sony, Louisiana, Jack Dorsey


The free market is elusive

Free markets aren’t particularly common. At the baseball game, the snack vendors sell what the person with the concession tells them to sell. It’s a choice, but Hobson’s choice: take it or leave it. Geography makes the idea of a free market difficult, because only one business can exist in any given spot. Fifth Avenue in New York seems like an epicenter of commerce, but long-term leases and the need for millions and millions of dollars in free cash flow mean that there are actually very few degr...
Tags: Google, Facebook, New York, Leadership, Uncategorized, Fifth Avenue, Mongolia, Shopify, Hobson


New Android 11 feature suggests Pixel 5 might support reverse wireless charging

Last night, Google dropped the first developer preview of its upcoming Android 11 mobile operating system. While the company listed some features such as floating chat bubbles and limited location data access on its blog, there are some nifty hidden features in this version too. Sleuths at XDA Developers who installed the developer preview, found a hidden menu called Battery Share under settings. The report notes that Google has added new code for this feature, and it might be working on reverse...
Tags: Google, Startups, Plugged


Android 11 Developer Preview with privacy and security enhancements, APIs for 5G, biometrics and more released

Google has released Android 11 Developer Preview ahead of the final release later this year so that developers can test it, this time bit early. This brings new features to help users manage access to sensitive data and files, and Google says it has hardened critical areas of the platform to keep the OS resilient and secure. For developers, Android 11 brings several features including enhancements for foldables and 5G, call-screening APIs, new media and camera capabilities, machine learning, a...
Tags: Google, Android, News, Blogging, Pixel, XL Pixel, Android 11, Android 11 Developer Preview, SDK Beta


Lack of big tech GDPR decisions looms large in EU watchdog’s annual report

The lead European Union privacy regulator for most of big tech has put out its annual report which shows another major bump in complaints filed under the bloc’s updated data protection framework, underlining the ongoing appetite EU citizens have for applying their rights. But what the report doesn’t show is any firm enforcement of EU data protection rules vis-a-vis big tech. The report leans heavily on stats to illustrate the volume of work piling up on desks in Dublin. But it’s light on deci...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, France, Tech, Eu, European Union, Ireland, Commission, Dublin, Cnil, Dixon, DPC, CJEU, Data Protection Commission, Helen Dixon


Google Users In UK To Lose EU Data Protection: Reuters

Sources told Reuters that Google is planning to move its British users' accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators, placing them under U.S. jurisdiction instead. From the report: The shift, prompted by Britain's exit from the EU, will leave the sensitive personal information of tens of millions with less protection and within easier reach of British law enforcement. The change was described to Reuters by three people familiar with its plans. Google intends to require its Br...
Tags: Google, UK, Tech, Eu, European Union, Britain, Ireland, Reuters, EU Data Protection, General Data Protection Regulation Google


Android 11 tries to make floating chat bubbles a thing again

When Google first began teasing Android 10 last year – then still known as Android Q – it led us to believe the company would begin to use floating bubbles as an alternative or supplement to the standard notification shade. These bubbles allow you to interact with notifications or continue conversations easily while within other apps, and can be moved around the screen for convenient access. Unfortunately, it seems the feature was not ready for prime time and it was ultimately hidden away in the...
Tags: Google, Startups, Apps


Google hit with new federal investigation over pregnant employee who claims discrimination

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has opened an investigation into a former Google employee’s pregnancy discrimination case, CNBC reports. Chelsey Glasson worked as a former user experience researcher with Alphabet’s Google for five years. She wrote an internal memo that went viral in the summer of 2019 called “I’m Not Returning to Google After Maternity Leave, and Here is Why.” This newest investigation adds to a growing pile. Google is facing a number of federal probes and w...
Tags: Google, Post, Business, Technology, News, Justice, Law, Labor, Pregnancy, Tech, US news, Tech News, Employment law, Discrimination, Seattle, Cnbc


Google users in UK will soon lose EU data protection: Report

Post-Brexit, Google plans to move UK user accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators, and will place them under U.S. jurisdiction instead, where privacy protections are weaker, reports Joseph Menn at Reuters. Excerpt: The shift, prompted by Britain’s exit from the EU, will leave the sensitive personal information of tens of millions with less protection and within easier reach of British law enforcement. The change was described to Reuters by three people familiar with i...
Tags: Google, Europe, Post, UK, Technology, News, Privacy, Tech, Eu, European Union, Britain, Ireland, Switzerland, Brexit, Reuters, Joseph Menn


Google on Dealing With Manual Actions & Reconsideration Requests via @MattGSouthern

In the latest episode of Ask Google Webmasters, John Mueller offers advice regarding manual actions and reconsideration requests.The post Google on Dealing With Manual Actions & Reconsideration Requests via @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.
Tags: Google, News, Seo, John Mueller


Microsoft brings combined Word, Excel, and PowerPoint app to iOS

It was just a couple of days ago that Microsoft publicly introduced its super-handy combined Office app to the Google Play Store. The app packs Word, Excel, Powerpoint, PDF tools, and a variety of features into a single app instead of forcing you to download a separate one for each utility. At the time, we wondered why the app wasn’t on iOS, but now it seems the Play Store may have simply jumped the gun – just two days later, the app is now available on iOS and Microsoft has officially announced...
Tags: Google, Startups, Apps, Microsoft


Gmail’s new filters make it easier to search your email

Gmail’s search is getting a significant update that will allow users to more easily narrow results to help them find a specific email. Before today, users could type in search filters by hand (e.g. label:work, has:attachment, from:[email protected], etc.) or use the drop-down box to perform an advanced search. But these options were less obvious, cumbersome and therefore under-utilized by many Gmail users. With the upgraded version of Gmail search, new filters — which Google calls “search ch...
Tags: Google, TC, Gmail, Email, Tech, Eta, G Suite, Gmail Search


Gmail finally makes it easier to search your email

Gmail’s search is getting a significant update that will allow users to more easily narrow results to help them find a specific email. Before today, users could type in search filters by hand (e.g. label:work, has:attachment, from:[email protected], etc.) or use the drop-down box to perform an advanced search. But these options were less obvious, cumbersome and therefore under-utilized by many Gmail users. With the upgraded version of Gmail search, new filters — which Google calls “search ch...
Tags: Google, TC, Gmail, Email, Tech, Eta, G Suite, Gmail Search


The best iPhone for every type of person and budget

For $699, the iPhone 11 is the best choice for most buyers because it has nearly all the same specs as the high-end iPhone 11 Pro models, but it costs $300 to $400 less. The iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are also fantastic phones, but they're best for people who want the absolute best new tech and the three cameras. The iPhone XR is still a great buy — especially at its new $599 price. The iPhone XS and XS Max continue to be good options if you can get a deal on them. The company is also rumored...
Tags: Apple, Google, Motorola, Nokia, Trends, Sprint, Max, Don, T Mobile, Amir, Google Pixel, Silver Space Gray, Max Apple, Malarie Gokey, Pro Max, Pro Max Best


Oracle Employee Speaks Out Against Her Boss Raising Money for Trump

Larry Ellison, co-founder of Oracle, one of the largest software companies in the world, hosted a fundraiser for Donald Trump’s re-election on Wednesday at the tech titan’s Southern California estate. The event was expected to bring in some $7 million for the incumbent president. Some of Ellison’s employees were less than pleased about that, signing a protest petition and, according to Recode, planning to walk out on Thursday to demand Ellison and Oracle donate an equivalent amount to humanitari...
Tags: Google, News, Washington Post, Massachusetts, Larry Ellison, Marco Rubio, Silicon Valley, Pentagon, Lgbtq, Nevada, Donald Trump, Ellison, Oracle, Southern California, Trump, Lessard


Google Launches Android 11 Developer Preview 1

An anonymous reader writes: Google today launched the first Android 11 developer preview, available for download now at developer.android.com. The preview includes a preview SDK for developers with system images for the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, and the official Android Emulator. While it's the fifth year running that Google has released the first developer preview of the next Android version in Q1, this is the earliest developer previe...
Tags: Google, Tech, Sdk, Pixel, XL Pixel


How to Run a Background Check on Yourself

If you are looking for a new job or a new house, chances are, you are getting a background check. According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners, up to 96 percent of employers run background checks on potential hires. As background checks become a standard procedure, how to prepare when you might get one? A good reason to background check yourself is to correct mistakes. Because these checks go back to your first adult years, information may h...
Tags: Google, Sales, DMV, Tips, Credit, CRA, National Center for State Courts


Thomas Kurian on his first year as Google Cloud CEO

“Yes.” That was Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian’s simple answer when I asked if he thought he’d achieved what he set out to do in his first year. A year ago, he took the helm of Google’s cloud operations — which includes G Suite — and set about giving the organization a sharpened focus by expanding on a strategy his predecessor Diane Greene first set during her tenure. It’s no secret that Kurian, with his background at Oracle, immediately put the entire Google Cloud operation on a cou...
Tags: Google, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Cloud Computing, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Gartner, Deloitte, Accenture, Mongodb, Oracle, Sap, Activision Blizzard, Vmware, Lufthansa


VCs to antitrust officials: We’d rather take our chances

Last week at Stanford, antitrust officials from the U.S. Department of Justice organized a day-long conference that engaged numerous venture capitalists in conversations about big tech. The DOJ wanted to hear from VCs about whether they believe there’s still an opportunity for startups to flourish alongside the likes of Facebook and Google and whether they can anticipate what — if anything — might disrupt the inexorable growth of these giants. Most of the invited panelists acknowledged there is ...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Stanford, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Policy, Venture Capital, Doj, Union Square Ventures, Michael Moritz, Sequoia, Ram Shriram, Trinity Ventures, U S Department of Justice, Moritz


VCs to antitrust officials: We’d rather take our chances than see tech regulated

Last week at Stanford, antitrust officials from the U.S. Department of Justice organized a day-long conference that engaged numerous venture capitalists in conversations about big tech. The DOJ wanted to hear from VCs about whether they believe there’s still an opportunity for startups to flourish alongside the likes of Facebook and Google and whether they can anticipate what — if anything — might disrupt the inexorable growth of these giants. Most of the invited panelists acknowledged there is ...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Stanford, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Policy, Venture Capital, Doj, Union Square Ventures, Michael Moritz, Sequoia, Ram Shriram, Trinity Ventures, U S Department of Justice, Moritz


Meet the 14 most important executives at Amazon Web Services who report directly to CEO Andy Jassy as the $35 billion cloud faces an 'inflection year' (AMZN)

We've identified the 14 top executives that directly report to Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy. Jassy and his executive team are expected to face a challenging year as AWS growth slows and competition intensifies, especially from Microsoft. AWS is still the cloud market leader with over $35 billion in annual revenue. The list reflects the rise of Larry Augustin, a software industry veteran who came to AWS last year — and shows how more AWS execs than ever are sitting on Jeff Bezos's elite S...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, China, Trends, Linkedin, Intel, Fbi, Aws, Jeff Bezos, Defense Department, Oracle, Amazon Web Services, Hamilton, Cto, Werner Vogels


The best smartphones

Smartphones have never been more powerful or more attractive looking. We've researched and tested dozens of smartphones to bring you the best ones you can buy. Among the current iPhone models, the iPhone 11 is our top pick, while the Pixel 4, OnePlus 7T, and Pixel 3a are great Android options in their respective price ranges. We look forward to testing the Samsung Galaxy S20 when it arrives in early March, but we can't fully recommend it until we have it in our hands. We've come a long way sin...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Motorola, Hollywood, Congress, Samsung, Trends, Lg, Pixel, Samsung Galaxy, Don, T Mobile, Google Pixel, Software Apple, Malarie Gokey


How to View or Delete Your Huge List of 'Other' Google Contacts

Here’s a helpful trick if you’ve ever struggled to find an old Gmail contact or unsaved number on Android: it turns out that Google keeps a list of every Gmail account you’ve ever sent or received an email from, including those you don’t save to your contacts, as “Other Contacts.”Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Gmail, Contacts, Lifehacks


Google introduces one-time location access for apps in Android 11

Last year, Apple introduced a new control for location tracking with iOS 13, which allowed apps to access your location data only once. Now, Google has followed its footsteps with similar location controls with its Android 11 developer preview. The preview, released today, also introduces one-time location access for apps. The new Android version also includes similar permissions for microphone and camera access. Additionally, Google has removed the “allow all the time” permission from the dialo...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, Plugged


Google introduces one-time location access for app in Android 11

Last year, Apple introduced a new control for location tracking with iOS 13, which allowed apps to access your location data only once. Now, Google has followed its footsteps with similar location controls with its Android 11 developer preview. The preview, released today, also introduces one-time location access for apps. The new Android version also includes similar permissions for microphone and camera access. Additionally, Google has removed the “allow all the time” permission from the dialo...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, Plugged


Exclusive: Google users in UK to lose EU data protection - sources

Google is planning to move its British users' accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators, placing them under U.S. jurisdiction instead, sources said.
Tags: Google, UK, Money, Eu, European Union, businessNews


Critics question Amazon's sustainability amidst Bezos Earth Fund launch

Earlier this week, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos vowed to mitigate the impact of climate change by establishing the Bezos Earth Fund. He’s committed $10 billion to start the fund, making it one of the largest charitable pledges to date. The fund has earmarked delivery of grants for this summer to various activists, nonprofits and scientists who strive for better stewardship of Earth. However, critics of the company, such as Amazon Employees for Climate Justice (AECJ) and Greenpeace, nonetheless warn tha...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Design, Earth, Greenpeace, Jeff Bezos, Bezos, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Elizabeth Jardim, Amazon Employees for Climate Justice AECJ, AECJ, Greenpeace Greenpeace USA


5 Powerful Luxury Hotel Digital Strategies You May Be Missing

As the luxury marketing landscape evolves and becomes more competitive, luxury hotel brands need to be innovative and experience-driven now more than ever, beginning with their online presence. With the average traveler spending 13% of their time online conducting travel-related activities (Think With Google), it's crucial for luxury hotels to ensure they provide the most relevant and compelling content throughout the travel planning journey. Here are five powerful strategies your luxury ...
Tags: Travel, Google


How to search Airbnb listings by map to see any area's accommodations

You can search on Airbnb by map to see a list of available options across nearby locations.  When searching for an Airbnb, all of the listings appear on a map, allowing users to filter accommodations by specific location. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Airbnb allows users to search for properties by map, where each of the available accommodations appear as price bubbles over the streets.  To search by map, first type in your dates, guests and location in the search bar, ...
Tags: Google, US, Trends, Airbnb, Google Maps, Best Buy Lenovo, MacBook Pro From


How to play games on Nvidia GeForce Now

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Nvidia recently launched its GeForce Now cloud gaming service. Posed as part of the future of gaming alongside the likes of Microsoft’s xCloud and Google Stadia, GeForce Now allows you to stream games to multiple devices, no install required. That sounds very rosy, but how do you actually play games on GeForce Now? Don’t sweat: we’ll walk you through it. [Read...
Tags: Google, Startups, Microsoft, Nvidia, Basics, Alyx